It is hard to believe we are already coming to the month of October. October, as you know, is the month of the Rosary. Our Living Rosary is scheduled for Friday, October 22 at 1:30 pm (weather permitting).
There are several other dates that are important coming up in October. This Friday, October 1 is our first Choose to Be Nice activity with the virtue of respect. Please promote this virtue throughout the month. Our first Spirit Day is Monday, October 4. Students may wear any St. John’s attire or school colors of gold and blue. No jeans. We have an exciting new online shop for spirit wear. Stay tuned for the live link. Our Pumpkin Patch is scheduled for October 8. It is a really fun event for students and they can buy all kinds of flowers to decorate your home.
Parent/Teacher conferences are on Thursday October 14 and October 15. All meetings will be via Zoom. These two days are half days of school for the students.
Although we cannot have Italian Night, this year we will again have an Italian Feast Night sponsored by the PFG and Bella Gina’s. More details to follow.
October 25 will be our annual Cardboard Challenge, Famous Landmarks. This also happens to be the day when winter uniforms begin. Fall pictures (in winter uniforms) will be on October 27.
Our Special Day this month will be October 29 with Halloween themes and colors. The Trunk or Treat will be on Saturday, October 30. Set up is 12:00-1:00 pm. The event will be 1:00-3:00 pm.
Just a reminder, October 18 is the deadline for all volunteers to send in proof of vaccination. Anyone who has not submitted proof, will need to submit proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test, taken within the preceding week of volunteering. A current Covid-19 test must be submitted each week you will be in school volunteering if proof of vaccination has not been submitted. This is in accordance with the New Jersey Executive Order. Thank you for your cooperation.
May God continue to bless you, our school and keep everyone safe and healthy.
Children are our community's most valuable asset, capable of achieving their potential when given the proper guidance and support in our school community. A child's self-esteem is essential to success and must be supported by parents and the school community.
Each child's inherent worth is recognized concerning cultural differences, individual abilities, and unique talents. Children educated in a Christ-centered environment develop spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.
Learning is a lifelong process. Children learn at different rates and in different ways from a variety of sources. Instruction must be differentiated and engage all learners with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving. A child's educational success is a responsibility shared by parents, school, and the community working in harmony. Children learn Christian values and ethical conduct taught by parents, reinforced and modeled by the school, and demonstrated through life choices.
Children have a right to feel secure, safe, and supported in their school environment. Children will develop a lifelong commitment of discipleship and stewardship based on the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Our Graduates Currently, the Alumni Association gives all 8th graders a gift at graduation, as well as one Alumni financial award. Additional fundraising monies are donated to the school for technology needs. Alumni correspondence now mainly comes from the Archdiocese of Newark, School Office. Please consider donating to St. John the Apostle School. Supporting your grammar school ensures St. John the Apostle School memories continue for students in the upcoming years. Wishing your fond memories of SJA continue to be in your hearts and minds always.
2011 National Blue Ribbon School
St. John the Apostle School is a National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement was made Thursday, September 15, 2011, by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. St. John the Apostle School was one of 49 private schools from across the country to receive the prestigious honor. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels.
This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty. At St. John the Apostle School, we are continually striving to ensure that the academic program we deliver meets the needs of our students while encouraging them to do their best.
Many hands and minds were put to work as a team united toward a common goal: achieving the Blue Ribbon nomination. The application had us answering questions about our curriculum, assessment, staff development, and history. Faculty wrote content, gave additional application critiques and devoted hours and hours of their time.
St. John the Apostle School has been a prominent learning institution since our first class graduated in 1951. We have remained grounded in tradition while growing to become one of the leading Pre-K through 8th-grade schools in the Archdiocese of Newark.